Volume 15, Issue 2 - March/April 2013

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Unveiled at Detroit Auto Show

Check out the latest vehicles unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Take a look at some of the most unique vehicle designs, and of course, their glass.

Nissan Resonates
Nissan’s new concept car Resonance offers none other than a floating glass roof. It features an “open, airy architecture highlighted by a unique ‘floating’ roof created through the use of the thin, steeply raked A-pillars, large full-length glass panel and flowing D-pillar design. Inside, the designers imagined what the future of first-class space travel might be: Welcoming yet exclusive and high-tech yet premium. The resulting ‘VIP lounge,’ with its light, buttery leather and premium-stitched seats, exudes genuine sophistication,” according to Nissan.

Smartphone on Wheels
Toyota’s all-glass concept Fun-Vii (vehicle, interactive, internet) features interactive exterior glass on the exterior and has been called a “smartphone on wheels” by the company.

“The ultimate in personalization, the Fun-Vii offers the ability to alter the content displayed on the interior and exterior with the same ease as downloading an application or posting to Instagram. The whole vehicle body can be used as a display space, with the body color and display content changeable at will. This allows the entire vehicle to function as a display for messages or images as you choose,” says Toyota.

Though both vehicles were created as display concepts which are unlikely to ever be mass produced, the technology they display may be someday.

Sunscreen Glass?
While many of the vehicles on display in Detriot were concept cars, the 2014 Jeep Compass is a vehicle that will soon hit the road. The vehicle showcases one of its new standard features, sunscreen glass, in its display.

Jeep issued a statement saying, “The Jeep Compass offers an array of clever features consumers will appreciate whether commuting to work, driving in challenging weather conditions or exploring new trails or out-of-the-way places.”

The company also says the new model will feature an acoustic laminated glass windshield which “helps make this the quietest Compass ever.”

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